The following is a synopsis of the fatality experience during the 120 hour Thanksgiving holiday period which began at 00:01 hours, Wednesday, November 26th, 2003, and ended at midnight, Sunday, November 30th, 2003.
The preliminary traffic fatality total stands at 34, which equates to 1 death every 3 hours and 53 minutes.
- The 34 deaths occurred in 33 separate traffic crashes.
- 16 fatalities (or 47%) occurred during the hours of darkness.
- 7 of the fatal traffic crashes (or 21%) were known to be alcohol-related; 21 (or 64%) remain listed as unknown; with 6 (or 19%) presently classified as not alcohol related.
- Of the 34 deaths, 4 (or 12%) were pedestrians; and 7 (or 21%) were motorcyclists.
- Only one of the 7 motorcyclists (or 14%) was wearing a helmet.
- 3 (or 9%) of the fatal traffic crashes occurred during inclement weather.
- Of the 23 drivers and passengers killed in vehicles equipped with safety belts, 13 (or 57%) were not using their belts.
- Of the 33 fatal traffic crashes, 29 (or 88%) were investigated by FHP.
- Of the 33 fatal traffic crashes, 15 (or 45%) occurred in urban areas; with the remaining 18 (or 55%) occurring in rural areas.
The fatalities occurred as follows: